Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement: Brown County, Wisconsin

 
CONTENT
Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 249 (Monday, December 30, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 249 (Monday, December 30, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72111-72112]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-28046]
=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration
Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare a Tier 1 Environmental Impact
Statement: Brown County, Wisconsin
AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Revised notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact
Statement.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
SUMMARY: The FHWA is revising the March 11, 2008 Notice of Intent which
advised the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would
be prepared for proposed transportation improvements in the southern
part of the Green Bay metropolitan area in Brown County, Wisconsin. The
FHWA will now
[[Page 72112]]
prepare a Tier 1 EIS to evaluate the proposed improvements.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ian Chidister, Environmental Program
Manager, Federal Highway Administration, 525 Junction Road, Suite 8000,
Madison, WI 53717, telephone: (608) 829-7503, email:
[email protected]; Bryan Lipke, P.E., Planning Project Manager,
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Northeast Region, 944
Vanderperren Way, Green Bay, WI 54304, telephone: (920) 492-5703,
email: [email protected]; Cole Runge, Principal Planner/MPO
Director, Brown County Planning Commission/Green Bay MPO, 305 E. Walnut
Street Room 320, PO Box 23600, Green Bay, WI 54305, telephone (920)
448-6480, email: [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Brown County (the Lead
Agencies), will prepare a Tier 1 EIS in accordance with 23 Code of
Federal Regulations (CFR) 771.111(g) and 40 CFR 1502.20. The Lead
Agencies previously issued a Notice of Intent on March 11, 2008,
advising agencies and the public that an EIS would be prepared to study
proposed transportation improvements to address existing and future
transportation demand in the southern portion of the Green Bay
metropolitan area.
    Since the previous Notice of Intent was issued, the Lead Agencies
developed a Draft Coordination Plan, Draft Impact Assessment
Methodologies, draft purpose and need, and a preliminary range of
alternatives. The Lead Agencies also convened two meetings with a
Project Stakeholder Committee, held three public scoping/involvement
meetings, and held meetings with participating and cooperating agencies
to obtain concurrence for the purpose and need and the alternatives
retained for detailed study. The Lead Agencies will coordinate with
stakeholders, agencies, and the public to revisit and update
documentation and decisions from previous EIS development efforts.
    The proposed project will identify the most appropriate
transportation improvements for addressing existing transportation
demand and demand generated by the planned development in the southern
part of the Green Bay metropolitan area. The study area includes the
City of De Pere, the Villages of Allouez, Bellevue, Hobart, and
Ashwaubenon, and the Towns of Glenmore, Ledgeview, Rockland, and
Lawrence. The development that is planned to occur is projected to
generate traffic which will strain the capacity of the area's existing
transportation infrastructure. The project will study the traffic
operations, capacity, and safety of the transportation infrastructure
along with existing and planned development in the study area, system
linkages, and local planning efforts.
    A Tier 1 Draft EIS is anticipated for completion in summer 2020
with a combined Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) in fall 2020.
Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments have
been sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and Native
American Tribes. An agency scoping meeting and a public involvement
meeting were held on December 11, 2019 with the appropriate agencies
and the general public.
    Public involvement is a critical component of the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and it will be integrated with
the process to develop the Tier 1 EIS. All environmental documents will
be made available for review by federal and state resource agencies and
the public. Specific efforts will be made to encourage involvement by,
and solicit comments from minority and low-income populations in the
project study area, with public involvement meetings held throughout
the NEPA process. Public notice will be given regarding the time and
place of public involvement meetings. A public hearing will be held
after the completion of the Tier 1 Draft EIS. Project information will
be posted on the Brown County website (https://www.browncountywi.gov/departments/planning-and-land-services/planning/transportation/).
Inquiries about the project may be sent to the contacts listed above.
To ensure the full range of issues related to the proposed action are
addressed and all significant issues are identified, comments and
suggestions are invited from all interested parties.
    Projects receiving Federal funds must comply with Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act and Executive Order 12898 ``Federal Actions to Address
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income
Populations.'' Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of
race, color, age, sex, or country of national origin in the
implementation of this project. It is also Federal policy to identify
and address any disproportionately high and adverse effects of Federal
projects on the health or environment of minority and low-income
populations to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law.
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205,
Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)
    Authority:  23 CFR 771.123
    Dated: December 20, 2019.
Ian Chidister,
Environmental Program Manager, FHWA, Madison, Wisconsin.
[FR Doc. 2019-28046 Filed 12-27-19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-RY-P